The paved recreational trail opened April 30th, 2011, and has had numerous pedestrians bask in the beauty that is the thirteen-story bridge that overlooks the Des Moines River Valley. The 25-mile trail goes from Ankeny to the south, through the cities Slater & Madrid before ending in Woodward, Iowa to the west. There is a section of cribbing on the deck directly above the water that is lined with Blue LED lights. This serves to illuminate the deck as well as mirror the water flowing below. The lights are made to be turned on and off for events and minimize disruption to the wildlife in the valley. From April 1st until October 31st, the bridge lights are on from sunset to midnight, then during the winter months from approximately November 1 through March 31, the trail lights are on from sunset until 9:00 p.m. The elevated columns supporting the bridge are all gently down-lit to cast an aura of light onto the valley floor. Entering into the bridge, two 36 feet tall monoliths stand on either side that form an enormous V. More than 16,000 custom-glazed ceramic tiles were created in the RDG Art Studio and made specifically to look like coal. These tiles were placed onto the monoliths to represent the veins of coal running through the region. The High Trestle Trail Bridge has twice been named the best bike accessible bridge in Iowa by the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, and was named by the BBC as one of the worlds eight most amazing footbridges. Come see this amazing attraction in Boone County!
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